Join Date: Mar 2012
War of 1812 -
Lewis Cass (October 9, 1782 – June 17, 1866) - Was an American military officer and politician. During his long political career, Cass served as a governor of the Michigan Territory, an American ambassador, a U.S. Senator representing Michigan, and co-founder as well as first Masonic Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Michigan. He was the losing nominee of the Democratic Party for president in 1848, losing to Zachary Taylor. Cass was nationally famous as a leading spokesman for the controversial Doctrine of Popular Sovereignty, which would have allowed voters in the territories to determine whether to make slavery legal instead of having Congress decide. During the War of 1812, Cass served as a brigadier general and participated in the Battle of the Thames. As a reward for his service, he was appointed Governor of the Michigan Territory by President James Madison on October 29, 1813, and served until 1831. Cass also served as Secretary of War from 1831-1836 under President Andrew Jackson.
Cass and Duncan McArthur negotiated the Treaty of Fort Meigs, which was signed September 29, 1817 and forced the Native American tribes of the Ohio Valley to cede all of their remaining land to the United States.
In 1820, he led an expedition to the northern part of the territory, in the northern Great Lakes region in present-day northern Minnesota, in order to map the region and discover the source of the Mississippi River. The source of the river had been unknown until then, resulting in an undefined border between the United States and British North America. The expedition erroneously identified Cass Lake as the source of the river. The source of the river was correctly identified in 1832 by Henry Schoolcraft, who had been Cass's expedition geologist, as nearby Lake Itasca.
Civil War -
David Bremner Henderson (March 14, 1840 – February 25, 1906) - A ten-term Republican Congressman from Dubuque, Iowa, was the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1899 to 1903. He was the first Congressman from west of the Mississippi River, the last Civil War veteran, the second foreign-born person (after Charles Frederick Crisp), and so far the only Iowan to serve as Speaker. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War and was wounded severely twice, once in the neck and later in the leg, which resulted in progressive amputations of that leg. He initially enlisted in the Union Army on September 15, 1861, as a private in Company C, 12th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He was elected and commissioned first lieutenant of that company. In the Battle of Fort Donelson, he was shot in the neck in the final charge over the breastworks. After returning to the Regiment in April 1862, he lost one foot and part of one leg at the Second Battle of Corinth in October 1862. He was discharged on February 26, 1863 due to his wounds, and returned to Iowa. After serving as commissioner of the board of enrollment of the third district of Iowa from May 1863 to June 1864, he re-entered the Army as colonel of the new 46th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment, one of the "Hundred Days Men" regiments, and commanded the Regiment until it was mustered out in September 1864.
Joseph Graham "Gray" Davis, Jr. (born December 26, 1942) - An American Democratic politician who served as California's 37th Governor from 1999 until being recalled in 2003. Prior to serving as Governor, Davis served as Chief of Staff to Governor Jerry Brown (1975–1981), California State Assemblyman (1983–1987), California State Controller (1987–1995), and the 44th Lieutenant Governor of California (1995–1999). Davis holds a B.A. in history from Stanford University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his service as a Captain in the Vietnam War. On October 7, 2003, he became the second governor to be recalled in American history. Davis was succeeded by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger on November 17 after the recall election.
Walter Frederick Boone (February 14, 1898 – March 19, 1995) - Was an admiral in the United States Navy. Born in Berkley, California, Boone joined the Navy in 1917. Participating in World War I, Boone was awarded the Silver Star in 1942 for actions during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. He was later Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean from 1956–1958 and U.S. Military Representative, NATO Military Committee from 1958–1960. Boone was also superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy from August 12, 1954 to March 16, 1956. He retired in 1960. Boone died in 1995 of a heart attack at the age of 97.
Alfred Ambs (January 22, 1923 – March 30, 2010) - Was a German Luftwaffe fighter ace during World War II. He was born in Gladbeck. Ambs is credited with seven aerial victories achieved in about 75 combat missions on the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter. Ambs joined the Luftwaffe on 10 July 1942, and served in various positions including Flg.Rgt. 53, Luftkriegsschule 3, Flugzeugführerschule C14 (Prague), Flugzeugführerschule B33 (Prague-Rusin), and Zerstörergeschwader 101. Ambs was qualified on the Me 262 in Lechfeld and was subsequently posted to JG 7. He flew his last mission on the Me 262 on 23 March 1945. After war he worked as architect in Miesbach, Germany, where he died at the age of 87.
Franz Weber - WWII German Heer 8./JG. Regt 28, Awarded the Knights Cross.
Hans Iffland - WWII German Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot Ace. 18 victories, (12./jgs-1V, 10./JGS-10V, 10.(Sturm)/JG3-7V)
Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williams (born October 2, 1923) - A retired United States Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. Medal of Honor citation, "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Demolition Sergeant serving with the First Battalion, Twenty-First Marines, Third Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Island, 23 February 1945. Quick to volunteer his services when our tanks were maneuvering vainly to open a lane for the infantry through the network of reinforced concrete pillboxes, buried mines and black, volcanic sands, Corporal Williams daringly went forward alone to attempt the reduction of devastating machine-gun fire from the unyielding positions. Covered only by four riflemen, he fought desperately for four hours under terrific enemy small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain serviced flame throwers, struggling back, frequently to the rear of hostile emplacements, to wipe out one position after another. On one occasion he daringly mounted a pillbox to insert the nozzle of his flame thrower through the air vent, kill the occupants and silence the gun; on another he grimly charged enemy riflemen who attempted to stop him with bayonets and destroyed them with a burst of flame from his weapon. His unyielding determination and extraordinary heroism in the face of ruthless enemy resistance were directly instrumental in neutralizing one of the most fanatically defended Japanese strong points encountered by his regiment and aided in enabling his company to reach it's objective. Corporal Williams' aggressive fighting spirit and valiant devotion to duty throughout this fiercely contested action sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. /S/ HARRY S. TRUMAN"
Thomas Carson Griffin (born July 10, 1916) - Navigator for plane no. 9 (Whirling Dervish) in "Doolittle's Raid." Was rated as a navigator and re-commissioned on July 1, 1940. After Tokyo Raid, served as navigator in North Africa until shot down and captured by the Germans on July 3, 1943. Remained a POW until release in April, 1945. Decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Chinese Army, Navy, Air Corps Medal, Class A, 1st Grade.
War on Terror -
Joseph P. Aucoin - Graduated from NCSU with a BS in Electrical Engineering and received his commission through the UNC Naval Reserves Officer Training Corps program in 1980. He was designated a naval flight officer in 1981 and reported to Fighter Squadron (VF) 101 for initial training in the F-14 Tomcat. Aucoin served with VF-33 “Tarsiers” embarked aboard USS America (CV 66); VF-101 as an instructor; VF-84 “Jolly Rogers” embarked aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68); and, VF-41 “Black Aces” embarked aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Cmdr. Joseph P. Aucoin transformed "Black Aces" into a crack outfit that devised new methods of pinpointing and destroying enemy ground forces. The squadron flew numerous missions over Serbia before receiving a well-earned rest in Turkey. The Black Aces then spearheaded the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan and were later deployed to Iraq..
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